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Los Alamos Police have successfully concluded negotiations with a local man who had barricaded himself inside a residence at 1350 Bathtub Row. Police subdued Richard Morse shortly before noon when he left his residence to dispose of some trash.
Police officials said Morse, 75, had threatened to shoot police, but that no shots were fired since the situation began unfolding at about 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.
A State Police tactical unit was on the scene for much of the night attempting to get the man to surrender. However, Chief Wayne Torpy said that local officers are now in the process of talking with the man via telephone in an effort to bring the stand-off to a peaceful conclusion.
Police said the man refused to communicate overnight, so just before daybreak they used a remote control robot to drop a cell phone through a window of the home.
A judge had issued a warrant for police to pick the man up for psychiatric treatment, which triggered the incident according to police officials.
The homes along Bathtub Row are among the most historic in Los Alamos.
"With very few exceptions, new housing in Los Alamos was built with showers but no bathtub. Because of the scarcity of iron during the early phases of the war, Congress had limited the types of bathroom fixtures that could be included in new construction, thus tubs were not permitted. It soon became obvious to all residents that the only persons who could enjoy the luxury of a bath were the families living in the former masters’ cottages. The homes soon became known as 'Bathtub Row,' an affectionate term still used today," according to information on the Los Alamos Historical Society's Web site.
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